Storm Bands

Welcome to Band

Sangamon Valley schools are home to a comprehensive eight-year band program that aims to train outstanding instrumental musicians and give students a creative outlet as part of every school day.

We have hard-working students in each of our ensembles from 5th grade beginning band all the way to high school. High school students are also offered extra performance opportunities such as honor bands, solo/ensemble contest, and private lessons.

Together with director, students, and parents, we work to develop teamwork, excellence, and pride in the SV Band Program!


Summer Band Opportunities

Greater Decatur Youth Band

June 10-August 1

Decatur Park District

The GDYB is a student-centered learning opportunity for students who play band instruments and would like to continue playing during the summer in a full-band group setting. This year the program includes a number of exciting performance opportunities, including collaborations with the Decatur Municipal Band, the Summer Strings, and the Decatur Celebration Parade. The program is under the direction of Dr. Neal Smith, Chair of Music Education at Millikin University, and Eric Wattleworth, band and choir director at Warrensburg-Latham.


Jump Start Band 5th grade M/W 9-9:45 am

Crescendo Band 6th-7th grade M/W 10-11 am

Forte Band 7th-8th grade M/W 11:15am-12:30 pm


Location: Millikin University Fee: $80 ($5 discount with 2nd child)

Enrollment deadline: June 10 To sign up: Visit Decatur Park District website

Click "Register Now" and then scroll to the bottom for the listing of bands.



Meet the Director

Mr. Gorecki has taught at Sangamon Valley since 2011. He directs the high school band and choir, middle school band, and beginning band. He is thrilled to work in a district where students, parents, community and administration support the music programs!

Email: jgorecki@sangamonvalley.org Twitter: @MrGorecki


Teamwork ♪ Excellence ♪ Pride